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'CAG should've taken a holistic view on low-floor buses issue'

delhi Updated: Apr 06, 2010 16:17 IST
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday virtually snubbed the CAG for its report on procurement of low-floor buses by the city government, saying the auditor should have taken a much more "holistic view" on the issue rather than nitpicking.

Criticising the CAG for its adverse report on the issue, Dikshit said the Delhi government purchased the buses at much lower rates as compared to many other states.

"We changed the buses because we wanted Delhi to become a modern city and that is everyone's dream too. But we got a report from the CAG that you have wasted public money and that you have got more expensive buses," she said addressing a panel discussion here.

In its report for the year ending March 2009, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) pointed out towards the procurement order for 1,500 non-AC and 1,000 AC low-floor buses in September 2008 and said the vehicles were purchased at "rates over and above the justified rate" prescribed by a technical committee.

"The outcome is much more important. If the outcome is good, visible and satisfies everybody that should be the criteria rather than nitpicking.

"These observations on small issues discourage policy makers and bureaucrats to take decisions. Our officers are scared to take decisions because they fear there will be a report from the CAG which will ask why did you spend this much," she said.

Dikshit said the city government paid Rs 49.99 lakh for each non-AC low floor bus while Vijaywada and Uttar Pradesh paid Rs 50.74 lakh and 51.5 lakh, respectively.

She said each low-floor AC bus was purchased for Rs 59.3 lakh in Delhi while Pune paid Rs 67 lakh for such a bus.

"The idea of procuring these buses was not only to make Delhi a modern city but to keep people off from cars as much as possible," she said.

"Whatever we have spent is visible to everyone and CAG should also have taken a much more holistic view," she added.